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Executive Order

Expanding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to include anyone who were born before June 15, 1981 was President Obama’s first official move. Additionally, the deadline for continuous residence in the country has been pushed out from June 15, 2007, to January 1, 2010, increasing the number of people eligible for DACA.

To add to that, the President signed an executive order enabling parents of Americans or legal permanent residents born on or before the announcement date to apply for deferred action and get an Employment Authorization Document (work permit). These people must have been residing in the United States on November 20th and be able to provide proof of continuous residence in the nation since January 1, 2010, under the current name DAPA (Deferred Action for Parental Accountability), which is similar to DACA. Additionally, a petitioner for deferred action under this order may not be regarded as posing a risk to public safety or national security in accordance with Homeland Security’s goals for enforcing removal laws.

The expansion of the Provisional Waiver program, which enables those requesting a waiver of inadmissibility to remain in the nation while pursuing lawful permanent resident status, was the third significant action made by the President. This program will now be available to children of citizens as well as spouses or children of lawful permanent residents, in addition to the spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens who were previously eligible. The waiver is conditional on whether or not a visa is available, and the petitioner must have been in the country for at least 180 days.

In spite of the fact that these executive measures are set to take effect in February for kids and May for parents, there are things you can do right away to get ready to file a petition as soon as the applications are made accessible. Be prepared to provide identification verification, evidence of any required familial ties, and documentation proving your continuous residence in the United States for the necessary amount of time. Pay stubs, housing leases, driver’s licenses, and records from your education can all serve as the necessary proof of your ongoing presence in the country. Birth certificates, marriage licenses, and academic transcripts can all be useful evidence of a family connection. Genetic testing might be a means to show kinship that will satisfy the DHS in the absence of any supporting documents.

Currently, there are over 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the country, and every year, over 400,000 people are removed from their homes. Deferred Action and other programs covered by the Executive Orders will have a cap on the number of participants they can accept, and frequently applications are rejected because they are missing information or are not properly filled out. Contact an expert immigration lawyer who can guide you through the procedure and ensure you follow all requirements precisely for

the best chance of success if you’re seeking for Deferred Action, a Provisional Waiver, or any other protection or benefit under the new Executive Orders. For prompt assistance in San Antonio, get in touch with Johnny Rodriguez Law Firm.

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